Philadelphia Timeline, 1863
- February 25. Gold reaches seventy-two per cent. Premium.
- February 26. New post office building, Chestnut Street below Fifth (now eastern portion of Drexel Building) opened for business.
- May 2. Fire. Car factory, Nineteenth and Market Streets. Loss, $100,000.
- June 16. Mayor Henry issues a proclamation calling on the citizens to close their places of business and prepare to defend the State. State House bell tolled a 3 P.M. A large assembly convened in Independence Square.
- June 29. A general mustering for defense of the advance of Lee. Earthworks constructed on roads leading to the city.
- July 15. Draft commences in Fourth Congressional District.
- August 24. Grand German festival at Washington Retreat. (Fairmount Park).
- September 24. Grand review of colored troops at Chelten Hills. (Camp Wm. Penn).
- October 3. Grand parade of colored troops.
- November 7. Dummy engines commence running from the depot of the Fifth and Sixth Street Railway, Fourth and Berks Streets to Frankford. They proved very satisfactory.
- December 18. Destructive fore in a petroleum warehouse, Delaware Avenue below Almond Street.
- December 22. Cooper's Shop Soldiers Home dedicated.
- December 23. Grand military procession to receive 29th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers.
- December 23. West end of Grays' Ferry bridge burned.
Excerpted from "Happenings in ye Olde Philadelphia 1680-1900" by Rudolph J. Walther, 1925, Walther Printing House, Philadelphia, PA